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Gasper River remembers ‘wonderful witness’ of camper Logan Davis BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Logan Davis’s faith journey received a life-changing boost after experiencing Eucharistic Adoration at Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center, when he was but a middle schooler.

‘Even if it’s tomorrow or a thousand years’ – ‘Unashamed’ faith of Logan Davis revealed wisdom beyond his 18 years

BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Logan Davis’s sister, Haley Davis, is the one who discovered the journal. They hadn’t known that Logan had kept a journal. And “it wasn’t something that was filled with lots of pages,” said their mother, Karla Davis. But among the pages, they found the following words: “My…

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Beyond ‘flight, fight or freeze’ – Pandemic presents ‘real and complicated’ challenges to caring for your family’s mental health

An interview with Dr. Jill Sauerheber BY WKC STAFF  WKC: What particular mental health challenges have you seen impacting families, and individuals, as a result of the many months of pandemic in the United States?  I trust that most readers could create a top 10 list of the mental health challenges that families and individuals…

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‘God was still there…’

Postponed by pandemic, RCIA classes of 2020 joyfully enter the Church BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Despite needing to postpone their entry into the Catholic Church due to the COVID-19 shutdown and restrictions, those going through RCIA in spring 2020 proved to be a “wonderfully resilient group” according to one parish’s director…

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Diocese of Owensboro School Food Service Approved to Serve Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students 18 and Under

  On Friday September 4, 2020 the Diocese of Owensboro School Food Services was approved by the Kentucky Dept. of Education, to begin serving free meals for both breakfast and lunch through the Summer Meal Program. Free meals will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and continue through the end of 2020, or until available funding…

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Catholic Schools to Resume In-Person Instruction

The Catholic Schools Office for the Diocese of Owensboro respects and appreciates Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s recommendation to begin the 2020-2021 school year with non-traditional instruction until September 28; however, after consultation with diocesan administration, the Catholic Schools Office for the diocese has made the decision to continue their plan to re-open all of their…

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Having fun and staying safe while growing in the Catholic faith

‘Gasper on the Go’ provides camp experience at parish sites BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC It is an understatement to say that Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center is “significant” for the Reffitt family at St. Stephen Cathedral. “It has become a huge part of our children’s lives,’” said mom,…

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‘You have to lean into God, his people, and grace’ – A conversation with retiring director of social concerns, Deacon Richard Murphy

Note: The following is edited from an interview with Deacon Richard Murphy on June 24, 2020. “I started in July 2001… The people of God are the greatest blessing to work here. Both in my work associates and the people that God’s given me to work with as well… they’re full of love and endless…

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‘Hope and poignancy’ at 2020 Chrism Mass, postponed for 10 weeks due to pandemic

  BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Owensboro looked different this year. Christopher Grief, diocesan seminarian currently interning at St. Stephen Cathedral, told The Western Kentucky Catholic that “amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, life as we know it has been altered.”

Gasper River to bring traveling day camps to youth around western Kentucky

‘Gasper on the Go’ to take place in eight cities within the diocese BY ELIZABETH WONG BARNSTEAD, THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC 7/2/2020 Update: Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center announced on June 30 that due to lack of registrations, all but two locations have since been cancelled. They will be in Owensboro on…

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Former employee involved in civil suit

It has been brought to the attention of the Diocese of Owensboro that a former employee of three western Kentucky parishes is part of a larger civil suit alleging abuse against minors in the Archdiocese of Agaña. Based on archived Diocesan directories, Ray Caluag served as the music director at the following locations in the…

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